On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said kyiv’s counteroffensive to retake Ukrainian lands lost to Moscow had “failed”. So far, none of Putin’s statements about the unprovoked war he unleashed in Ukraine had anything to do with reality.
In Sochi, at a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after talks to revive the grain deal, V. Putin said that Ukraine’s counterattack would not only be blocked, but that she would have already “failed”. “At least that seems to be the case today. We’ll see what happens next. I hope it will continue like this,” said V. Putin, whose army hasn’t won anything in Ukraine for many years. months and only defends itself.
In addition, V. Putin said that Russia is about to conclude an agreement with six African countries to guarantee them free grain. In July, a United Nations-brokered deal on grain exports through the Black Sea collapsed when Russia refused to extend it. Russia is keen to show that it, like African countries, cares about the security of its food supply after pulling out of a deal to ensure the safe passage of Ukrainian grain across the sea Black.
“We are about to finalize agreements with six African countries,” Putin said. He added that Russia would provide the food for free and handle the logistics, promising that deliveries would “begin within the next few weeks”.
Putin has said Russia is ready to return to the grain deal as soon as restrictions on its exports are lifted. Russia has previously criticized the grain deal, saying the West imposed indirect restrictions on its grain and fertilizer exports, limiting access to global payment and insurance systems.
Source: The Delfi